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Biomedical Research

Here's What We're Going to Do

Vicki Wilson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Science
Vicki Wilson

Medical research isn't top of mind for most Americans, whether it's a presidential election cycle or not. I understand why. We think it's something that just gets done. When we picture medical research, we picture a scientist in a white coat somewhere looking at cells under a microscope. We know it will take years for that cell to become a medicine to become a treatment to become a cure. I

Why Do Good People Need to Risk Addiction and Dying to Have the Kind of Relief They Deserve?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.04.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Lou Paradise It is now considered the 21st century epidemic drug problem of our time. Opioid Rx pain killers are killing more than pain; they a...

Together In The Conquest Of Cancer

Gregory Roloff | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

Thanks to years of dedicated work, we now have the ability to gaze into the depths of cancer like never before. However, these investigations have untangled the true diversity of cancer at the genetic level.

Inflammation May Hold Key to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

Howard Fillit, MD | Posted 05.04.2016 | Science
Howard Fillit, MD

A new study poses an intriguing question: Does gum disease accelerate cognitive decline in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? The answer may be found in inflammation.

Lost in Translation

Gregory Roloff | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

I hope to return to the lab after this year and try to understand why immunotherapy is lifesaving for some patients like President Carter, while others like Mrs. B remain lost in a biological dark matter. Above all else, I am drawn to the opportunity to fight in her corner once more.

Academic Research Funding Has Some Serious Flaws

Marion Leary | Posted 01.29.2016 | Science
Marion Leary

I perform cardiac arrest research and so I understand the heart fairly well. What I don't understand well, from a common sense stand point, is the granting process. There are many issues with the grant submission and funding award process that give me pause.

The Real Miracle at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 10.18.2016 | Education
Rep. Chris Taylor

Deadly, debilitating diseases don't care if you're liberal or conservative. The hyper-politicization of biomedical research threatens future life-saving medical advancements.

Why Science Doesn't Need Mice

Marc Bekoff | Posted 07.21.2016 | Science
Marc Bekoff

Humerous experiments on male and female non-human animals fail to reliably hold up in humans, and many prominent researchers have argued we need to develop non-animal models in order to learn more about serious diseases from which numerous humans suffer.

Medical Research Becomes a Bipartisan Issue

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Perhaps one thing that people of all political stripes can agree on is the importance of health. When disease strikes us or our loved ones, our whole world changes.

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham And Dick Durbin Join Forces For The Love Of Science Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the Senate’s more outspoken members, one on the Republican side of the aisle the other on the Democratic side, are teaming up t...

Sam Stein

An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 150 or so people gathered in an otherwise empty National Press Club in downtown D.C. Hours earlier, in...

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually Want

Tim Spector | Posted 05.24.2015 | Science
Tim Spector

Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.

Sam Stein

House GOP Votes Down NIH Funding Measure One Day After Members Praised NIH Funding

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day after conservative Republicans thrilled an audience of science research advocates by pledging their support for more federal inv...

Sam Stein

The Incredible Moment When Tea Party Republicans Stunned A Room Full Of Scientific Research Activists

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two minutes into a speech Tuesday morning, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) turned to the subject of his hair. He had shaved his head recently...

Breathtaking Science Images Spotlight The Beautiful Inner Workings Of Our World

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science

Beauty can be found in some pretty surprising places, from a cat's tongue and a fruit fly's brain to the uterus of a pregnant mare. All you have to do...

Sam Stein

Jeb Bush Throws His Support Behind More Federally Funded Science Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In what will surely be music to the scientific community’s ears, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday night pledged his support fo...

Sam Stein

Congrats Young Scientists, You Face The Worst Research Funding In 50 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Young scientists entering biomedical research find themselves in the worst financial environment in a half a century, the head of the Na...

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Sustaining Progress in Cancer Research: Precision Medicine and More

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

One very encouraging proposal in President Obama's recent State of the Union is the commitment to greater federal investment in biomedical research, including precision medicine and genomics research.

XX or XY: Medical Journals Must Report Sex Differences

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

The Society for Women's Health Research welcomes the recent policy changes by the National Institutes of Health) to establish guidelines requiring the inclusion of both female and male cells and animals in pre-clinical studies that are looking at diseases that affect both women and men.

Research and Innovation: The U.S. Risks Getting Left Behind

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and...

Academia, Applied Research and Your Tax Dollars

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Dr. Paul Marantz

There is no question that without public financing, scientific inquiry in the U.S. would not be so robust as it is, and we need continued and growing research funding to secure a bright future.

Consumer Beware in Biomedical Research and Women's Health

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

Lost amidst the flurry of changes is a pervasive health care policy issue that significantly affects all of our health outcomes as well as our health care dollar: gender inequity in medical research.

Is Execution by Lethal Injection Medical Research?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Given the stakes, it's time to lift the veil of secrecy. We need transparency, not a drawn curtain.